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Empowering Youth & Family Communication: The Agreement

Empowering Youth & Family Communication

Session Description

Youth face very real issues when communicating with the adults in their lives. Each wants to be heard and taken seriously, but struggle finding productive ways to communicate.


During this interactive session, we’ll identify barriers youth and adults face when communicating, delve into the impact memories, genetics, and development have on behavior and communication, and discuss the opportunity you have to empower productive communication. 


You’ll walk away with a process and tool you can immediately use to share and implement with to impact the youth and families you serve.   

You'll Learn

- How past memories, individuality, development, and environment play in behavior and communication
- An understanding where youth are coming from, and how to better identify and support youth’s needs and requests.

- A tool and methodology for engaging in positive, productive communication with, and for, the youth & families they support.

Intended Audience

- Parents or guardians

- Educators

- Social workers

- Advocates

- Anyone supporting children and their families


1 - no previous training required


Intro - 75 min
Workshop - 90-120min
Deep-Dive - 2-4 hours

What to Expect

Throughout the session, Thomas C. Rector encourages audience participation and shares insights, examples, and experiences gained over 20 years of training parents, advocates, and professionals.  

In workshops and deep dives, the second half of the session is spent in a hands-on, interactive, role-playing activity that gets participants up and out of their seats and working together to implement the methodology.

What Past Participants Say

“So, so, so good, smart, relevant, new insightful, thank you.”

National Foster Parent Association Annual Conference, 2018

"I love Tom's material. It explains the "why" what we are doing works, how learning works."
- Rachel M.

Raising a Child to Thrive, 1:1 Session, 2020

Accrescent Institute's Thomas C Rector presents Raising a Foster Child to Thrive

Presenter: Thomas C. Rector

As a father of five, adoptive parent, a foster care mentor and trainer, CASA, and board member for child advocacy organizations, Thomas C. Rector brings a unique perspective to child advocacy and parenting.

He is a CEO, national speaker and presenter on BioSocial Cognition theory, and founder of Accrescent Institute, as well as the former Executive Director for CASA of Del Norte and Vice President of the NFPA Board of Directors. 

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